Bill Cosby found guilty of sexual assault in a retrial.
Bill Cosby is currently facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $25,000 on each of three counts. Bill Cosby once idolized for being a role model to many due to his wildly popular sitcom, The Bill Cosby Show, was convicted of sexual assault this past Thursday, April 26, 2018, during his retrial where a half-dozen women testified against the star claiming he drugged and assaulted them.
The Cosby case was one of the first to surface in regards to the countless events of sexual misconduct occurring in Hollywood. With the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements in full force, justice is finally being served. The 80-year-old was found guilty by a jury on all three counts of “aggravated indecent assault” against one woman, Andrea Constand.
Constand was not the only victim in the room, many others who claimed Cosby assaulted them were present during the trial, and we moved to tears when the sentence was declared. According to NBC News, when the judge read the first guilty verdict, many of Cosby’s accusers sobbed and shook with joy, while Cosby’s head was down and eye’s closed.
Although Cosby has been accused of many more than just this one case, this currently stands as the only criminal charge he is facing prison time for. Constand, who is a former employee at Temple University in Philadelphia, testified that Cosby has drugged her and sexually assaulted her in Philadelphia back in 2004. Now that the dust has settled, and a verdict has been reached, it was announced that Cosby now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $25,000 on each count.
In addition, Cosby currently remains free on bail until official sentencing. Many people, justice team included, believe Cosby will not spend too much time in prison, due to his and medical condition. With that being said, Cosby must also surrender his passport and remain in his nearby home for the time being.
Although this may seem like the end, Cosby’s team believes the fight is not over. “We are very disappointed by the verdict”, Tom Mesereau, Cosby’s lead attorney, said. “We don’t think Mr. Cosby’s guilty of anything.”
Well, a courthouse jury did! Stay tuned for more updates involving Cosby’s case.